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Week 3 GHSA Boys Basketball State Rankings


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Class AAAAAAA

1. Wheeler (3-0)
2. McEachern (5-1)
3. Norcross (4-0)
4. Grayson (4-1)
5. Newton (2-1)
6. Pebblebrook (2-2)
7. Carrollton (2-0)
8. Parkview (4-2)
9. Archer (5-1)
10. Osborne (6-2)

Class AAAAAA

1. Alexander (3-0)
2. Grovetown (2-4)
3. Jonesboro (1-0)
4. Lanier (2-3)
5. Langston Hughes (1-2)
6. Etowah (0-4)
7. St. Pius X (1-2)
8. Marist (1-3)
9. North Forsyth (3-1)
10. Paulding County (1-1)

Class AAAAA

1. Kell (3-0)
2. Eagle’s Landing (3-0)
3. Hiram (4-1)
4. Tri-Cities (2-2)
5. Mays (2-2)
6. Jones County (4-0)
7. Heritage-Conyers (3-1)
8. Dutchtown (4-2)
9. Tucker (3-2)
10. Lithonia (5-0)

Class AAAA

1. McDonough (2-0)
2. Pace Academy (2-0)
3. Lovett (3-0)
4. Fayette County (4-1)
5. Miller Grove (4-1)
6. Madison County (3-0)
7. Westover (2-2)
8. Baldwin (0-1)
9. Westside-Macon (2-1)
10. Hapeville Charter (3-0)

Class AAA

1. Johnson-Savannah (3-1)
2. Sandy Creek (2-2)
3. Beach (5-0)
4. Cross Creek (1-3)
5. Monroe (1-1)
6. Wesleyan (4-0)
7. Oconee County (4-0)
8. Cedar Grove (3-1)
9. Hart County (2-1)
10. Monroe Area (0-0)

Class AA

1. Westside-Augusta (3-2)
2. Spencer (1-0)
3. Thomson (0-0)
4. Columbia (4-0)
5. Sumter County (3-0)
6. Putnam County (2-0)
7. Drew Charter (2-1)
8. Providence Christian (4-1)
9. North Cobb Christian (1-1)
10. Washington (1-2)

Class A D-I

1. King’s Ridge (3-1)
2. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (5-1)
3. Mt. Bethel (5-0)
4. Social Circle (2-0)
5. Mt. Pisgah (3-1)
6. Tallulah Falls (3-1)
7. Paideia (3-3)
8. Darlington (0-0)
9. Woodville-Tompkins (3-2)
10. Athens Christian (3-1)

Class A D-II

1. Greenforest (2-2)
2. Christian Heritage (1-0)
3. Wilkinson County (1-0)
4. Portal (4-0)
5. Dooly County (0-0)
6. Charlton County (0-0)
7. Calhoun County (1-1)
8. Manchester (0-0)
9. Chattahoochee County (2-0)
10. Hancock Central (0-1)

With holiday tournaments in full swing, plenty of heavyweight bouts took place this week at the Jared Cook Classic, Holiday Hoopsgiving and Hard in the Paint to name a few. Two teams were knocked off their perch as two new number ones rise in their respective classifications. Continue reading Week 3 GHSA Boys Basketball State Rankings

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Class AAAAAAA

1. Wheeler (1-0)
2. McEachern (3-0)
3. Norcross (3-0)
4. Pebblebrook (2-0)
5. Grayson (1-1)
6. Newton (1-0)
7. Carrollton (1-0)
8. South Gwinnett (1-0)
9. Berkmar (2-1)
10. Osborne (3-1)

Class AAAAAA

1. Grovetown (2-1)
2. Alexander (1-0)
3. Jonesboro (1-0)
4. Etowah (0-1)
5. Langston Hughes (0-1)
6. St. Pius X (0-1)
7. Lanier (0-1)
8. Marist (1-1)
9. Paulding County (1-0)
10. Sequoyah (1-0)

Class AAAAA

1. Kell (1-0)
2. Eagle’s Landing (2-0)
3. Tri-Cities (1-0)
4. Hiram (3-0)
5. Mays (1-2)
6. Jones County (3-0)
7. Heritage-Conyers (3-1)
8. Tucker (2-1)
9. Chapel Hill (1-2)
10. Dutchtown (2-2)

Class AAAA

1. McDonough (1-0)
2. Pace Academy (1-0)
3. Lovett (2-0)
4. Baldwin (0-0)
5. Miller Grove (1-1)
6. Westover (1-2)
7. Westside-Macon (1-0)
8. Madison County (2-0)
9. Fayette County (2-1)
10. Hapeville Charter (3-0)

Class AAA

1. Sandy Creek (1-1)
2. Johnson-Savannah (1-0)
3. Beach (2-0)
4. Cross Creek (0-2)
5. Monroe (1-1)
6. Thomasville (1-2)
7. Wesleyan (2-0)
8. Dougherty (0-1)
9. Oconee County (2-0)
10. Monroe Area (0-0)

Class AA

1. Westside-Augusta (2-2)
2. Spencer (0-0)
3. Thomson (0-0)
4. Columbia (0-0)
5. Sumter County (2-0)
6. Putnam County (0-0)
7. Drew Charter (1-1)
8. Providence Christian (3-0)
9. Washington (0-1)
10. Butler (0-1)

Class A D-I

1. King’s Ridge (2-1)
2. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (4-0)
3. Mt. Bethel (3-0)
4. Social Circle (1-0)
5. Tallulah Falls (2-0)
6. Paideia (1-1)
7. Darlington (0-0)
8. Mt. Pisgah (1-1)
9. Woodville-Tompkins (2-1)
10. Dublin (1-0)

Class A D-II

1. Greenforest (1-1)
2. Christian Heritage (0-0)
3. Wilkinson County (0-0)
4. Portal (2-0)
5. Dooly County (0-0)
6. Charlton County (0-0)
7. Calhoun County (0-1)
8. Manchester (0-0)
9. Hancock Central (0-0)
10. Macon County (0-0)

Early season tournaments are in full swing, pitting Top 10 opponents against one another as the statewide picture begins to slowly materialize.

At the Powder Springs Showcase, Class 7A No. 1 Wheeler raced past Class 6A No. 4 Etowah 76-52. Over at Hawks-Naismith, No. 2 McEachern toppled Class 6A No. 1 Grovetown 88-80 behind Moses Hipps’ 27 points and JaMichael Davis’ 18. No. 5 Grayson slips two spots after beating Class A D-I No. 1 King’s Ridge 86-68 on the road, but losing 70-67 to No. 4 Pebblebrook at the On The Radar Tip-Off Classic as Dayton-signee Jaiun Simon powered the Falcons with 30 points. No. 3 Norcross took care of Class 6A No. 8 Marist 60-45 at OTR. No. 6 Newton crushed Class 5A No. 5 Mays 86-58 and are expected to have Indiana-signee Jakai Newton return to the lineup in early 2023. No. 9 Berkmar slips two spots following a 54-44 loss at Mays. Parkview (2-2) couldn’t survive another week without Mike Matthews, losing to Mountain View (65-60) and Class A D-II No. 1 Greenforest (65-59) at OTR to drop out of the poll. No. 10 Osborne resurfaces after a clean 3-0 week, their best win coming 71-63 over Luella at the Peach State Explosion.

Class 6A took some lumps against other classifications as six Top 10 teams lost, but no one drops out. No. 1 Grovetown beat last week’s Class 3A No. 2 Cross Creek 71-54 before losing to Class 7A No. 2 McEachern 88-80 at Hawks-Naismith. No. 2 Alexander opened the season with a 59-48 win over Archer, receiving 19 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals and 3 blocks from Braedan Lue while JayQuan Nelson debuted with 15 points. No. 4 Etowah is down a slot after a 76-52 loss to Class 7A No. 1 Wheeler at the Powder Springs Showcase while No. 5 Langston Hughes also lost at the event, 69-48 to Class 4A No. 1 McDonough. At the Jared Cook Classic, No. 6 St. Pius X shot 3-19 from three in a 58-41 loss to Class A D-I No. 1 King’s Ridge. OTR saw No. 7 Lanier lose 49-45 to Class A D-I No. 2 Mt. Vernon Presbyterian while No. 8 Marist couldn’t keep pace with Class 7A No. 3 Norcross 60-45. No. 9 Paulding County opened the season with an 88-57 win over Whitefield Academy as Frantzyr Chardavoine netted 25 points. No. 10 Sequoyah rolled Loganville at the Dacula Tip-Off Classic 85-43, Alabama Huntsville-signee Preston Parker exploding for 31 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

There’s significant movement in Class 5A as No. 2 Eagle’s Landing jumps No. 3 Tri-Cities. The Eagles blasted North Gwinnett 70-48 at the Jared Cook Classic while Tri-Cities held on against shorthanded Walnut Grove 62-60 at OTR, Presbyterian-signee Kory Mincy dropping 26 points. No. 5 Mays inches up a spot, beating last week’s Class 7A No. 7 Berkmar 54-44 behind Mykel Williams’ 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists before losing to Class 7A No. 6 Newton 86-58, Mays still awaiting the return of All-State guard Saulamon Evans off the gridiron.  No. 7 Heritage-Conyers jumps into the poll riding a three-game winning streak, most impressively knocking off No. 8 Tucker 57-54. No. 9 Chapel Hill slips a spot after losing to Class 4A No. 2 Pace Academy 72-63. No. 10 Dutchtown clings onto their spot following a 2-1 week which saw the Bulldogs beat Class 4A No. 5 Miller Grove 55-47 and split at the Andrew Jackson Classic in Jacksonville, Florida. Adrian Avery collected 15 points and 7 rebounds in a 61-45 win over Potter’s House, FL. Just getting squeezed out of the rankings is Statesboro (1-0). The Blue Devils pulled away late to escape Tattnall County 51-40.

Class 4A No. 1 McDonough made an early statement at the Powder Springs Showcase, dismantling Class 6A No. 5 Langston Hughes 69-48 as Da’Avion Thomas scored 14 points and Amon McDowell added 13 points and 7 rebounds.  No. 2 Pace Academy fended off Class 5A No. 9 Chapel Hill 72-63 at the Powder Springs Showcase, Kyle Greene scoring 18 points. Michigan-commit Christian Anderson had his way with Central Gwinnett at OTR as he poured in 28 points in No. 3 Lovett’s 79-52 win. No. 5 Miller Grove holds tight after falling to Class 5A No. 10 Dutchtown 55-47 on the road. No. 6 Westover lost 49-44 at Class 2A No. 5 Sumter County before blasting Colquitt County 67-29. No. 7 Westside-Macon opened the season with a 60-41 win over Rutland as Daveon Henderson scored 25 points. No. 8 Madison County climbs a spot with a 70-65 overtime win at Hart County and a 70-57 victory against Trinity Christian at the Peach State Explosion, Jay Carruth erupting for 27 points. No. 9 Fayette County sinks a spot with an 80-66 loss at East Coweta. Holy Innocents’ (0-2) is out, losing 70-64 to Hillgrove and 73-72 to rival Riverwood at Hawks-Naismith. No. 10 Hapeville Charter sneaks into the Top 10. Their latest win came at South Atlanta 75-61 with Coleman Riley scoring 27 points and Brian Irving II collecting 9 points and 13 rebounds.

The defending Class 3A champs are reeling early in the season, albeit against top competition. No. 4 Cross Creek is down two spots after they competed with Class 6A No. 1 Grovetown but lost 71-54 on the road. The Razorbacks had another shot at playing a champion from Augusta, but were blasted by Class 2A No. 1 Westside-Augusta 101-72. No. 1 Sandy Creek secured a 61-48 win over Chelsea, AL at the Spartan Turkey Jam while No. 2 Johnson-Savannah creamed Peach County 97-42, Antonio Baker racking up 30 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. No. 3 Beach, also up a spot, survived at Savannah 58-57 behind Shamarrie Hugie’s 28 points. No. 5 Monroe fell to Meadowcreek at the Powder Springs Showcase 63-56, Justin Burns finishing with 20 points. No. 6 Thomasville hangs tight after losing 78-73 to Lowndes and 63-59 to Bainbridge, but rebounding with an 84-81 overtime win at Class A D-II No. 7 Calhoun County, AJ Dent winning it with 27 points and 12 rebounds. No. 7 Wesleyan got 21 points from Josh Kavel in their 63-43 win over Westminster. Salem (0-2) falls out after a 41-33 loss at Lithonia. No. 9 Oconee County debuts with wins over Clarke Central 61-47 and Central Gwinnett 62-48.

No. 1 Westside-Augusta is back clicking on all cylinders in Class 2A, going on the road to destroy Richmond Academy 98-63 and last week’s Class 3A No. 2 Cross Creek 101-72, Khalon Hudson (29), Jalexs Ewing (23) and AuMauri Tillman (16) combining for 68 points. No. 5 Sumter County beat Randolph-Clay 51-35 and held off Class 4A No. 6 Westover 49-44. No. 9 Washington slips a spot after losing 72-67 to Maynard Jackson at the HBCU Challenge. North Cobb Christian (0-0) departs as they await their debut. No. 8 Providence Christian surges into the poll scoring wins over Lakeside-DeKalb 67-63 and shorthanded West Forsyth 49-33 at the Raider Classic, Samuel Thacker scoring 15 points.

Class A D-I was busy this week. No. 1 King’s Ridge lost to last week’s Class 7A No. 3 Grayson 86-68 before rebounding with a 58-41 win over Class 6A No. 6 St. Pius X at the Jared Cook Classic getting 14 points apiece from Micah Hoover and Jaydon Cole. No. 2 Mt. Vernon Presbyterian knocked off Class 6A No. 7 Lanier 49-45 at OTR, Keith Williams posting 15 points and 7 rebounds. No. 3 Mt. Bethel rolled at the Raider Classic, dumping Dunwoody 76-55 as Mo Diao went for 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. No. 6 Paideia falls a spot after a 90-56 loss to Woodward Academy at Hawks-Naismith. No. 5 Tallulah Falls climbs two places with a 61-39 win over Marietta at the Jackson EMC Tip-Off Classic, Anfernee Hanna netting 30 points. No. 9 Woodville-Tompkins got into the win column beating Richmond Hill 59-56 and New Hampstead 72-63, Alfonzo Ross dropping 32 points against the Phoenix.

In Class A D-II, No. 1 Greenforest beat last week’s Class 7A No. 10 Parkview at OTR, 65-59. No. 4 Portal inches up a spot after the Panthers netted wins over Evans (62-60) and Effingham County (52-51). No. 7 Calhoun County lost at home to Class 3A No. 6 Thomasville, 84-81 in overtime.

Game Night Recap 11-18


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Class AAAAAAA

Osborne 81, Banneker 32: Akai Fleming paced the Cardinals with 17 points. Justin McCarter and Keshawn McPherson scored 16 points apiece. Maquis Copney added 10 points.

Duluth 74, Clarkston 47: David Culbreath (16), Mike Sharpless (13) and Shep Smedlund (8) balanced the attack.

Kennesaw Mountain 59, Lassiter 56: Hayden Hall scored 17 points followed by Elijah Ford’s 16 points and Jake Whitaker’s 15.

Brookwood 56, Discovery 43: Christian Reid paced the Broncos with 19 points. Nate Daniel had 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks while Evan Dunston scored 8 points. Alex Young, RJ Williams and Jason Johnson all netted 6 points.

Campbell 87, Stephenson 62: David Clark went for 29 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Isaiah Stone (17), Sharif Mosley (14), Kaylay Robertson (11) and Fe’Royre High (9) paced the offense. Continue reading Game Night Recap 11-18